Such a thread is always good to read.
The comment about novelty is pertinent to me. As an older forumite, I could easily have slipped into a conservative drinking pattern, with plenty of Bordeaux and Burgundy in the cellar to drink. Yet as new regions have upped their game in the last two decades, I just can't keep up with the excitement. Everyone knows I'm pretty passionate about Austria, and have strong Jura attachments (which go back to the 1980s), but I am currently having a passionate fling with Spain. There's also no doubt that so-called natural wine has introduced me to some fabulous taste experiences too. My drinking has been reinvigorated. I'm thrilled it has.
I don't like Burgundy any less, but at current prices I see no reason to buy much, except from the half dozen producers I still try to follow, none of whom are massively expensive.
I do have to rise to Alex's bait. Alex, we Brits and Americans are always proclaiming to the world that we are the best. Best armed forces, best universities, best legal systems, best democracies. Outsiders laugh at our ignorance and growl at our arrogance. I do enjoy Bordeaux of all types, but I do think it is mere arrogance to say Bordeaux is the best (remember, quality and price do not go hand in hand). As someone said on a record I bought recently, (paraphrasing) "truth is an individual calculation, so, as we all have different perspectives, there isn't one single truth, is there" (anyone name the record on which these are the opening words?).
What I will say, and this is very personal to me, is that I have visited Burgundy many times (and Bordeaux's regions maybe only half a dozen times). I adore the Burgundian landscape (enjoying walking the vineyard paths), I adore the restaurants in the region, I very much like the towns and villages, and find the vignerons open and welcoming, usually without formality. It appeals to me as a place (although I now prefer to avoid the crowds by visiting from outside the region), in a way that wider Bordeaux doesn't...quite as much. These things do, without doubt, affect my appreciation of the wine. Why else are wine producers so welcoming to wine merchants on trade trips?
It is also true that the wines of the two regions are so different that it seems to me a little like comparing strawberries with pineapples.I like both. They are both fruit, but surely the similarities end there?
As a final observation, I am only one person, but I would say I hear people proclaim Bordeaux is better than Burgundy far more often than I hear Burgundians slagging off Bordeaux. For me, the debate seems very outmoded in this very changed wine world in which we live today.